Thursday, November 09, 2006
All this is a little bittersweet, because I would have liked to have seen Dr. Bob and Karl Williams win their races as well, but it just means that we still have work to do. I see it like this though....any time that I spent volunteering for the Johnson campaign was not time wasted simply because he did not win the election. The heart and hard work that Dr. Johnson put into this campaign, the pure will to put himself out there, not to be a politician or to get recognition, but to try to bring a change and to make a difference, makes it all worth it and I will do it all over again should he run again.
Now from here, we move along. It doesn't end here. Now is the time to remember that our elected leaders need to hear from us. With this election, our voice was heard that as a Nation, we aren't happy with how things were going, but just because the Democrats are in power doesn't mean that they won't need a proverbial foot in the ass from time to time should we start to feel that they aren't listening to us.
Our voice needs to continue to be heard.....
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year, for the Celts divided the year into two seasons: the light and the dark, at Beltane on May 1st and Samhain on November 1st. Some believe that Samhain was the more important festival, marking the beginning of a whole new cycle, just as the Celtic day began at night. For it was understood that in dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed below the ground. Whereas Beltane welcomes in the summer with joyous celebrations at dawn, the most magically potent time of this festival is November Eve, the night of October 31st, known today of course, as Halloween.
Happy Halloween to all my muggle friends and a blessed Samhain to my magical ones!!!
My Samhain Altar
Our Samhain Pumpkins
Monday, October 30, 2006
Also, as a public service announcement, I urge anyone that hasn't written a letter to the editor of the Watertown Daily Times (or the other newspapers in the 23rd Congressional District) to please do so. I am getting mine ready to send out.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Criticizing Cheney to His Face Is Assault?
Monday, September 25, 2006
Hillary Clinton could outdraw the devil, Falwell says
Do people REALLY take this guy seriously??
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
After picking up ANOTHER trash bag full of trash off of my front yard, I have this to say.
I am tired of you all using my front yard as a trash can. I am tired of having to pick up McDonald's wrappers, old lottery tickets, and beer bottles and cans. Just the other day I watched one of you throw a WHOLE fast food bag of trash out of your window. This is an all year thing and this year it seems worse.
Why do you all feel that this planet is your personal waste area? What the hell keeps you from holding onto your garbage until you can throw it away at home or at a gas station?
I am so tired of watching people trash the environment and blatantly disregard the fact that with every wrapper, with every plastic bottle thrown out of a car window, the problem gets bigger and the beauty of the area is spoiled. How many of us have seen a fence that has caught hundreds of plastic bags that are just thrown aside?
My rant might be a preaching to the choir, but I seriously am disgusted.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
She was a great lady and a champion for civil rights. She won me over with her "Poor George" comment at the 1988 Democratic Convention.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Excuse my French, but what the hell kind of shit is this? Doesn't this stink like the Agent Orange fiasco, where for the longest time the government said that the Vietnam Vets were not affected by the chemical, yet when many of the vets died, they admitted the link?
So what's next? Letting the Gulf War vets go without benefits and let them die off slowly, then 20 years down the road (when the government won't have to shell out the money for so many claims because their dead) finally admit it?
What a shitty thing to do to our Vets!
Monday, September 11, 2006
Has it already been five years? It doesn't seem so, does it? Sometimes it feels like yesterday for me and then other days it's like it was a million years ago. Today I know that I will sit back, when I have some quiet moments in my day, and will reflect on how I and this Nation felt that terrible day. I will light the candles on my altar and honor our lost, and pray for peace in this world. I will pray for tolerance and love. I will pray for the families. I will take my kids for a walk and look at the blue sky above and thank the Goddess that I have another opportunity to do so.
Dr. Johnson gave a great speech, as did Mr. Mortensen. What struck me the most about Viggo was how laid back he was. Very non-presumptuous, very human, remarkable quiet. It's so incredible to have his support in this campaign.
I knew this was a political event, so I put on my best professional face and was lucky to shake Viggo's hand and tell him how incredibly awesome it was that he was supporting Dr. Johnson.
I still think I may have blushed a little though....I mean, yes it is a political event, but this is still Viggo, ok?
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Nicotine Up Sharply In Many Cigarettes
As the spouse of someone that has struggled with smoking and quitting for years, this article pisses me off. I do not know what it is like to quit smoking, having never been addicted to it and I will admit that I have lost patience with my husband in the past when his attempts to quit have failed. I am not here saying that smokers have no part in their own addiction, but what part does the tobacco companies that manufacture these death sticks have in the failure of those trying to quit, thus staying addicted?
What good does it do for a tobacco company like Philip Morris to have a website on quitting smoking when some of their brands are the worst offenders? The tobacco companies have so many politicians in their pockets, they think they are beyond accountability. I think that's bullshit.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Funny that Rumsfeld would say that Bush critics are similar to Nazi appeasers when many of those same critics compare Bush to Hitler himself.
Rumsfeld is one of the most toxic components of this Administration. He uses fear and evokes images of the most vile parts of history to try to make his point. He accuses others of being on the wrong side of history, when he in fact has learned nothing from our past. To accuse critics of Bush of "blaming America first", he has also continued the "to question the policy means you are not a true American" thought process.
His speeches might convince the simple-minded, but they don't convince the majority of the American people.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I am growing two heirloom variety tomatoes, Mortgage Lifter and Brandywine, and the plants are at least 6 feet tall. The plants are pretty impressive looking, yet when they first sprouted their first flowers in June, we were dismayed when all the flowers fell off with no fruit left behind. They finally sprouted some more flowers in July and the fruit developed. Problem is, these varieties of tomatoes produce large beefsteak sized fruits. I now have quite a bit of these large green tomatoes on the plants. I fear that it will be too late in the year for them to ripen before it gets cold and the plants start to wither.
Unfortunately, I noticed one of my bigger tomatoes looking like it was rotting from the inside out (see below)....not ripening, rotting. Besides the fact that I started these plants too early, I also wonder if our wet, fairly cool summer had something to do with it. Maybe it was just not warm enough to support the large variety of tomatoes. Hmmmm...(scratching my head).
Thursday, August 24, 2006
I bet a few of my readers are wondering why I have such a problem with all this as to post on it as much as I have. Well, let me tell you. Believe it or not, I was once a part of the Baptist church and am well aware of some of it's tendency to try to keep women silent.
I was raised by a mother who practiced Indigenous religions as well as came from a family that was predominantly Catholic. I gravitated to the Baptist church when I lived down South because I imagine I was searching for something different. After being with the Church for a while, I started to see the things that made me leave. I remember being appalled when I learned that I could not state my opinion in church business meetings because I was a woman. I remember the sermons of a "woman's place" and the "virtuous woman" and felt that I never measured up. I also remember the intolerance that this particular denomination had for other religions, such as their belief that they were the only true way to Heaven and without Salvation, all others would burn regardless of how kind and just the person was.
I actually felt less of person when I was with the Baptist church than I ever did before and I left. I ended up coming back full circle to the earth-center base of my mother's religious choice although hers is more Native American based while mine is Wicca-based. I no longer will prescribe to a religion that tells me that I am worthless in comparison to a man nor will I believe that the God/dess is a vengeful entity that just waits for us to mess up so he/she can slap us down.
And with that, I am done with this topic.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I have always liked the work of Anne Talneas. She manages to put the arrogance and audacity of this administration into one cartoon panel at a time.
This cartoon relates to a rude exchange that President Bush had with reporter Ken Herman. Ken took it in stride and continued to grill President Bush on foreign policy. This is nothing new for President Bush. Seems he likes to get nasty when he doesn't have anything to back up his bogus positions. His little digs at the reporters just continues to show him for the little man that he is.
Besides, I think Mr. Herman looked good in the seersucker suit. Not many can pull it off....
Hey! Respect the suit......!
Monday, August 21, 2006
Who knew there would be such an interest in little ole' Watertown and it's preacher man.....?
Seems you have touched a nerve, Rev. LaBouf, but don't worry....I am sure some Fundies will come out of the woodwork to back you up....
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Well, I will just post Rev. LaBouf's statement as well as the First Baptist's Church's statement and you can make your own opinion.
Newzjunky.com :: City Councilman Rev. Timothy LaBouf
Newzjunky.com :: First Baptist Church
It just seems to me that there is an attempt to vilify Ms. Lambert and the members of the Church that dare to question the "mechanisms".....just my opinion.
Reminds me of this little guy....
RESPECT MAH AUTHORITAH!
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Even if it wasn't because she is a woman, it's a pretty shitty thing to do to someone after so many years.
This was one of the reasons I gravitated towards the Wiccan faith. Any religion that tries to make people subservient is not ok in my book. I am sick to death of churches using that story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as an excuse to view women as inherently evil, immoral, or less than a man. I don't care if it is some book, even if that book is the Bible. I don't view the Bible as the problem, I view the people reading and interpreting it as the problem.
Looks like another example of a holier-than-thou attitude to me......
I always love going to the Farmer's Market on Washington Street in Watertown. Not only does one have access to all the fresh fruits and veggies there, but there is also a variety of miscellaneous crafts and wares. Add to it the guy with the guitar singing songs and it's quite the atmosphere.
I was able to get some nice red potatoes, gorgeous tomatoes, and some sweet corn that I made for this evening's supper. Each of my boys got a treat with one choosing cotton candy and the other buying a Whoopie Pie. All for under $11 dollars...can't beat that!
Here are some photos from our day at the Market. The Living Museum at Thompson Park had their turtles out and there was a pony in a pen.
Hmm, if I haven't already, maybe I finally made that seditionists list....
But that would be paranoid thinking, wouldn't it....
Monday, August 14, 2006
AP Wire 08/14/2006 Lamont surprised by tone of attacks
I see the mindgames of fear continue. I would imagine that might be the reason Lieberman lost his voter base. I mean, when you start to sound like Dick Cheney, you should KNOW you're in trouble.
To paraphrase them both:
"You know, if you don't lock step with us, the terrorist win....."
Photo Credit: The Propaganda Remix Project
Saturday, August 12, 2006
This was Dr. Bob Johnson's response to a comment made by Rep. John McHugh's campaign spokesperson regarding Viggo Mortensen's endorsement of Dr. Johnson.
I think the McHugh campaign would be quite surprised by the supporters Dr. Johnson actually has here in the North Country. Guess we will see on election day, won't we?
Friday, August 11, 2006
Simply Recipes: Mom's Summer Squash Recipe
Our walls are another issue. As I have mentioned before, when we bought the house, we found that the previous owner was a not-so-handy handyman. The walls in this room are textured, but not uniformly. There are spots that are smooth and parts that are thick with it. There are actually marks where you can see the wake of the trough used.
Yesterday, I took the last of the barn wood that decorated this room out and gladly brought it to the fire pit out back. When we moved in in 1999, one of our first projects was to take the barn wood that covered all four walls of this room out, because it made it too dark. Behind the wood we found stripes of black spray paint, apparently put there so one wouldn't see the white of the walls through the barn wood (see photo). We are just now taking the last of it down in this room because we weren't sure what we would find behind the walls. We found out yesterday that in the far corner, there is nothing but studs.
We have decided that we are going to sheetrock the entire room before we go through the hassle of trying to deal with the texture and the damage to the walls caused by the removal of the barn wood.
Alas, the barn wood saga is not over.....our bedroom is done up on one side in barn wood, loving cemented in place with foam caulking.
To be continued......(cue creepy music)
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
This is the grand dame...Miss Kitty. I know, not the most original name, but her name fits her attitude. She came to us as a stray in Winter 1998 on one of the coldest days of the year. She had taken up shelter under our grill (with the plastic cover). We fed her and brought her in because we knew she would freeze to death outside. We came to the conclusion that she was once someones pet because of her temperament. Even when my littlest son picked her up by her back fur, she never scratch or spit. Why someone would dump a cat like her is beyond me, but we won out because of it. I call her my "witches cat" because every time I do any Wiccan rituals, she is there at the light of an incense stick. She's also a catnip fiend and has been known to eat a catnip plant to a nub in the ground.
This two give us constant amusement and only a few headaches.
CNN - Democratic leadership quickly backs Lamont
I am not sorry to see that Joe lose his primary. When you fall in line with Republican values that limit the rights of others and support a war that most Americans disagree with, then you tend to lose your Democratic voters. It also didn't surprise me to see the Democratic leadership scramble over to Lamont, after soapboxing for Lieberman in the race. It's like "So sorry, Joe........Hey there, Lamont....BUDDY!" in a single breath.
As an Independent myself, I am not too hopeful for Joe's chances in that ticket either. I think the voters are looking for new blood....like Lamont and like our own Dr. Robert Johnson.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Dr. Robert Johnson is our Democratic candidate for NY's 23rd Congressional District against John McHugh. This is Dr. Johnson's second run for the seat. I have met Dr. Bob and worked some on his campaign. He is a great person and cares for the issues facing the North Country. More information on Dr. Johnson and his campaign can be found at Dr. Robert Johnson - NY 23rd U.S. Congressional District.
Danger Democrats!: ITS OFFICIAL--VIGGO IS COMING
Monday, August 07, 2006
Here's the holy crap moment....when I was rolling up the old carpet to take outside, I was appalled by what I saw. It looks like mold was living in my carpet!!!! No wonder my youngest would end up hacking up a lung when he and my husband used to wrestle around on the floor.
Isn't it hideous? I swear, my goal is to make sure I have not one bit of carpet in my house when I am done with it!!
I am delighted to say that this room already smells cleaner because I pulled up the part of the carpet that apparently was holding a cat pee smell.
Now you all probably think we living in a nasty, dirty house, but we don't. I happen to have a very spoiled kitty that refuses to use a litter box once another cat uses it. When we brought home our second cat, Jenny, Miss Kitty would not use the communal litter box again. She chooses to go outside, but if she doesn't get out enough, she will use the floor, even with a perfectly good litter box.....go figure.
As anyone that knows me will tell you, my house is a constant home improvement project. We bought this house in 1999 and to my knowledge, it is about 60 years old with some add ons later put on. As much as I love the property that it is on (3/4 acre with old growth maple), I am not completely in love with the house. The biggest think it needs is a new roof, but since we can't financially swing it right now, we do what we can. Every project is an adventure because we have inherited a house from someone that thought he was a handyman and wasn't. In fact, I don't think we have a square corner in our house, but it is home and we make the best of it. In the past we have completely redone the kitchen and improved the bathroom (more improvements planned in the fall).
We are on our next stage of home improvement as we are now starting our dining room floor project. Having found that the laminate flooring did not work in the living room, we decided to use it in the dining room. The carpet in this room came with the house, so I can't say how old it is. It's old though, and brown...yeck! So, starting today, we are removing some furniture, cutting up the carpet, and will start laying the floor.
Fingers crossed that the sub-floor is not the uneven disaster the living room was.
Speaking of the living room....as much as I love my new ceramic tile floor, I am not too thrilled about the mushroom colored grout that we used. It get too dirty, too fast. I think we may regrout it chocolate colored.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
At around noon today in front of my home, my family saw something we rarely see on this road. It was a girl on a horse followed by a horse drawn wagon. I took this photo, but wish I was able to take a better one, as they were already passed our house by the time I got back out with my camera.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I think a night swim will be in order tonight.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Well, it took us about 5 times longer than we thought with 3 extra bags of mortar and 1 extra bag of grout to get it here, but we now have a new ceramic tile floor in our living room. Since we are not professionals, it it not perfect, but well worth the effort. Now maybe my elbows will heal up.
I will post another picture when the living room is organized back the way it should be and the trim is back up. I will have to mop this floor a few more times until it shines.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
I was never a real big fan of *NSYNC, but I always have to give kudos to anyone that liberates themselves by embracing and admitting who and what they are.
This above all:
To thine own self, be true,
for it must follow as dost the night the day
that canst not then be false to any man.
--Shakespeare (inspired by Socrates)
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Now, we are laying the tile floor. If anyone remembers my previous blog, you know that we replaced our nasty, ancient living room carpet for wood laminate. It's a shame, but the living room subfloor, with all it's dips and valleys, just didn't work well with the laminate. We have taken that floor back up and will put it in our dining room.
With all this work, I seem to have a touch of tendonitis in BOTH elbows, hence the name of this post.
MITCH ALBOM: Bush's stem cell veto: Whom does it save?
Friday, July 21, 2006
I have realized a few things.
1) Apparently, I do ok on mudding drywall except in a spot where it is REALLY noticeable when I do mess up. The seam really didn't look bad at first, but after that first coat of primer, I knew I was in trouble. After a brief instance of thinking I might be able to cover it with a picture, I came to the conclusion that there isn't a picture made that can cover a visible ceiling to floor seam. So I guess it is off to Home Depot for another tub of mud.
2) Painting ceilings is hard work, especially when said ceilings are textured, hence the splatter.
3) I am accident prone when I do home improvement. I have almost tripped over wires at least 5 times, but the kicker was when I almost fell into an uncovered floor register for the second time. This was after having fallen in once, thus the band-aid. The register has since been replaced...LOL.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
No real surprise for Dubya has been threatening the veto even since this bill started it way through. Nice photo op with the kids, eh?
I wish Bush had as much concern for the value of life for those that are already born, mainly the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the poor and uninsured, or all the individuals that could benefit from stem cell research.
Not a chance. Dubya will just continue to have concern on issues that benefit him the most, making him look like the morally just person that he is not.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Good thing my husband knows how to splice wire. :)
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Call it the allure of our new pool or the fact that my youngest is now riding a bike, thus allowing us to go on family bike rides now, but I still don't wish to spend a day Spring Cleaning so I have devised this plan to do a little everyday. Yesterday, I cleaned off all the shelves and the area around our microwave (our near-the-door-catch-all-spot). Today, I cleaned out the cabinets, lazy susan, and the top of the refrigerator. Tomorrow, I will find something else to do.
Why am I boring you all with this? Because I am relaying it as a tip to get things done without taking much of the day up doing it. I would rather play with my kids than clean and if it doesn't get done all at once, who cares right?
When I have more time, I will bring over the links from my other page, so please bear with me.